Growing In Wisdom

“The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper,”

-Proverbs 19:8

Everywhere you look, people are touting cryptocurrency as the next big investment opportunity.  I am told that socking away a few thousand dollars in these mysterious, invisible tokens and coins could make me a multi-millionaire. The question…is that wise?

Isn’t it also just as likely, as many are saying, that crypto is a big fad that will amount to nothing?  After all, it has been compared to a pyramid scheme.  Some countries are banning it entirely.

How do you decide if you’re capitalizing on the next big wave of the future or throwing your money away?

Whose opinion do you listen to, and who has wisdom on such a matter?

We all need wisdom to navigate our lives.  It is required not just for making important investment decisions, but also to succeed as leaders, spouses, parents, and friends.

And wisdom, true wisdom comes from just one source, God Himself.

It is crucial for me to remind myself that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding,” just as Proverbs 9:10 says. There are so many voices clamoring for my attention, so much information, and so many purported voices of wisdom all around me.

The main difference between any of these voices and the voice of God, the source of all wisdom, is that every other voice has something to gain from me following its advice. God does not.  God only cares about me because He loves me.  He wants the best for me, and He gets nothing from sharing His wisdom with me except His good pleasure.

Slick TV pundits and content creators gain millions when their advice attracts tens of millions of followers. Financial advisors, real estate agents, contractors and others all profit from their advice. In the public arena, it seems that all advice and “wisdom” comes with a price.

God is the source of all knowledge and wisdom because he has no motive behind what He says we should do except one, love.  He wants the best for us always, with no benefit on His end.  He’s not in it for anything at all except His love for you.

God speaks to us through His word and yes, through others as well.  But we can always tell His wisdom from self-based wisdom because following it will always lead us back to Him. True wisdom always points us back to God.

Jesus was once asked to sum up the law and the prophets, a collection of all the wisdom known at that time, and he said it amounts to this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself.”

God’s wisdom is pure, and sound like that. It has a way of opening new ideas and better ways of thinking and living.  Wisdom from God nourishes the soul, helping you become the person He wants you to be.

There are many great men and women to emulate and having a mentor or two doesn’t hurt. I’m not saying to gain wisdom you can only pray or just read your Bible.  My point is that when the world seems full of voices to follow, the voice of God’s wisdom will always ring true with His word and the best next right steps for your life.

Dear Christian Radio, turn down the noise.  Just because a source is popular, that doesn’t mean it’s a voice you should be listening to.   Don’t follow the crowd, seek God and wise counsel.

Ask for wisdom—He promises to give it (see James 1:5) and let him build His wisdom into your soul. It’s a gift, but it is also something He desires for every believer.

Seek God’s wisdom first and then you’ll know if what you are hearing is wise or not.

In Christ,

Jerry Grimes
Vice President of Creative Services
Positive Alternative Radio

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